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Bernard, Beavers expect to contend in Pac-10

Buoyed by a thrilling bowl win to cap a surprising 10-win 2006 season, Oregon State expects to be in the Pac-10 hunt in 2007.

Updated: March 12, 2007, 12:33 PM ET
By Ted Miller | Special to ESPN.com

It takes guts to spurn a tie and go for two and the victory. It's a decision that often requires a coach to reach deep into his playbook for something fancy and unexpected.

Oregon State coach Mike Riley thought about doing that in the Sun Bowl against Missouri after tailback Yvenson Bernard, the Beavers' emotional leader, suggested they go for two during an official review of the touchdown play with 22 seconds remaining that had set the game on the cusp of overtime.

Riley said, sure. ...

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